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We’ll do two updates today. We’ve received a lot of emails from people asking "HOW MUCH SNOW HAS FALLEN SINCE JANUARY 1ST" and we’ve spoken with many people addressing that very subject. So let’s do a quick tour this morning, address the snowfall numbers since January 1st and then provide some information per resort and then we’ll be providing another update later today with more news and information.

January Snowfall:
Canaan Valley – 49.7"
Snowshoe Mountain – 48"
Wisp Resort – 40"
Boone/Blowing Rock – 11"
Beech and Sugar Mountain – 16.5"
Wolf Ridge – 11.7"
Cataloochee – 14"

Virginia Ski Areas have seen less than 3" of snow since January 1st. As you can see by the numbers above, the snow has really been dumping on the WV and Maryland ski areas as Canaan, Timberline, Snowshoe and Wisp have seen more snow since January 1st than the Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina ski areas have seen on the season to date. The leaders in natural snowfall on the season are the Tucker County WV resorts with 109.1" of snow to date. Snowshoe has seen 98" and Wisp 83" on the season.

Seasonal numbers are:
Canaan Valley – 109.1
Timberline Resort – 109.1"
Snowshoe Mountain – 98"
Wisp Resort – 83"
Winterplace Resort – 71"
Beech Mountain Resort – 49"
Sugar Mountain – 46"
Appalachian Ski Mountain – 38.5"
Wintergreen Resort – 38"
Wolf Ridge Resort – 38"
Cataloochee Ski Area – 34"
Bryce Resort – 26"
Massanutten – 24.4"
The Homestead – 23"
Ober Gatlinburg – 21"
Sapphire Valley – 9"

Let’s go to the tour:

Canaan Valley – 5° – They are 100% open with all 39 trails and they offer tubing and terrain park. They are open for day sessions only today. Canaan Valley has seen 49.7" of snow since January 1st and 109.1" on the season. That comes from David Lesher’s Canaan Valley/Tucker County official station.

Snowshoe Mountain – 9° – 100% open with all 60 trails, snow tubing, night skiing, terrain parks, snowmobing, snowcat tours, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and more! Laura Parquette writes, "Yesterday was the first day since December 27th that the mountain didn’t see any measurable snowfall. But that dry spell isn’t going to last long, as flurries may pop this afternoon, and several inches of new snow are possible tomorrow. For today the entire mountain has been groomed, with some beautiful corduroy laid down for your carving pleasure. We are going to see some warmer temperatures this week, with mid-week highs reaching the low 30s. That means you can shed an extra layer while enjoying the region’s most terrain and best conditions. It also looks like we’re going to have perfect weather for the long Holiday weekend approaching. So if you don’t have plans, what are you waiting for?"

Winterplace Resort – 12° – 100% open with 28 trails and snow tubing. Open for day and night sessions as well.

Wisp Resort – 7° – Open for day sessions only on Monday with 30 of 32 trails available. Ice Skating, Snow Tubing, Mountain Coaster are all open. Wisp has 30 kilometers of Nordic ski terrain open with a base of 10-19"! More than three feet of snow since January 1st.

Wintergreen Resort – 20° – They are open with all 26 trails and terrain park. No TUBING on Monday. They are open for DAY SESSIONS ONLY on Monday.

Anne Marie writes, "Snowmaking efforts will continue during the overnight hours in an effort to build up base depths and make surface conditions fantastic. Because we have so much snow, we have reduced our daytime snowmaking significantly, operating only a few guns while open. The progression park includes: 2 – 10’ boxes, A-frame rail, corrugated pipe with hip, pole jam, small rainbow, 15’ short fat rail, 15’ table top, wedge jump, 20’ box and a flat down rail. The Advanced Park includes: cannon jump, 30ft wedge jump, three 20ft tabletops making a rhythm section, a step up jump, a double kink rail and a down rail."

Bryce Resort – 16° – They are 100% but for day skiing only on Monday. No tubing on Monday. Bryce Resort has seen 26" on the season but only about ONE INCH of snow since January 1st.

Massanutten Resort – 8° – They are 100% open with all 14 trails. They made snow and offer night skiing and snowboarding, tubing and terrain parks. Massanutten has seen 24.4" of snow on the season but just a TRACE of snow since January 1st.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – 0° – 100% open – Reporting a jump in base depth from 78" on Sunday to 95" this morning. Appalachian is reporting a base of 95-120" of snow! That is a MINIMUM BASE of EIGHT FEET and a maximum of TEN FEET across all 11 trails. They have all three terrain parks and ice skating open.

Beech Mountain Resort – 18° – (It’s warmer at the higher elevations in NC this morning) – No new snow but they saw about 3" of snow over the weekend and 22.5" since January 1st and 49" on the season. Beech is basically 100% open even though they are reflecting 14 of 15 trails on their trail map. They only thing NOT open right now is the area that they intended to be their dedicated terrain park. They cut that area two off seasons ago but have not been able to make that happen just yet. Beech DOES have some impressive rails and boxes on the Powder Bowl trail as it comes off of Lower Shawneehaw. OZ IS OPEN contrary to some reports otherwise on the messageboard and via emails to us.

Cataloochee Ski Area – 7° – 100% open for DAY SKIING ONLY on Monday. Tubing is closed til Thursday. Cat is reporting a 65-107" base. Cat Cage Terrain Park is open.

Wolf Ridge Resort – 10° – They are 100% open and offer tubing and terrain park open as well. Wolf is reporting a base of 67-86" of groomed conditions. Wolf has seen 11.7" of snow since January 1st and 38" on the season.

Sapphire Valley – 12° – They are open from 5pm-9pm on Monday with BOTH trails and The Frozen Falls Tubing Park open. Here’s their schedule for the week.

Monday: 5pm -9pm
Friday: Noon-9pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

MLK Weekend Hours:
Saturday, January 16th: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 17th: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Monday, MLK Day, January 18th: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sugar Mountain – 0° at the bottom and 13° at the summit – They have 19 of 20 trails open for today with only Whoopdedoo not available on Monday. They also offer ice skating, tubing and their terrain park.

Until Next Time…

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